Join the Heart of America Japan-America Society, whose mission is to further understanding between the peoples of Japan and the Greater Kansas City area by promoting social, cultural, and educational exchanges.
Visit The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Street, to view its renowned Chinese, Japanese, and South and Southeast Asian art collections. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday each week, and admission is free. For more information, (816) 751-1ART (1278).
Join the Japan-American Society of St. Louis for A Celebration of Japanese Culture on May 17 at 2 p.m. for an afternoon of family fun at the Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, including a tea ceremony demonstration, kamishibai storytelling, and ikebana flower arranging. For more information, call (314) 746-4599.
Find out more about the St. Louis chapter of the Midwest District Japanese-American Citizens’ League, a group that worked to overturn the anti-miscegenation statute in Missouri and to gain passage of the McCarran-Walter Act, which repealed the last measures excluding Asian immigration to the United States.
Enjoy the Meditation Garden, Tea House, and the thirteen-story Carved Stone Tower featured at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, a part of the Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Parks, 2400 South Scenic. The garden is a cooperative effort between The Springfield/Greene County Parks Department and The Botanical Society of Southwest Missouri and is open sunrise to sunset.
Check out Missouri Chinese: Two Cultures Claim This Chicken, and then enjoy a steaming dish of cashew chicken in Springfield, home of this delicious fare created by David Leong nearly a half-century ago.
Read the St. Louis Chinese American News, a free, weekly newspaper written in Chinese and English with a circulation of 6,000.
What is Fair Housing?
Fair housing means all people have equal access to the housing of their choice that they can afford. Fair housing laws ensure this equal access.
Both the Missouri Human Rights Act and the Federal Fair Housing Act mandate that people have equal housing opportunities and not be subjected to discrimination in housing based upon certain protected categories, including race, color, national origin, religion, physical or mental disability, sex, or for having children in their household.
Fair housing laws apply to the sale or rental of nearly all forms of residences, including apartments, houses, mobile homes, nursing homes, homeless shelters, and even vacant lots to be developed for housing. Anyone who has control over residential property or real estate financing must obey state and federal fair housing laws, including landlords, rental managers, property owners, real estate agents, bankers, developers, builders, and certain individual homeowners who are selling or renting property.
MCHR and HUD safeguard the protections set out in state and federal fair housing laws and enforce the laws within their jurisdictions. Both MCHR and HUD are committed to preventing discrimination and encouraging the fair treatment of all persons.
Opening Doors for All Missourians
- Fair Housing Consumer Guide
- Vivienda Justa Guía del Consumidor
- Fair Housing: Disability and Families
- Fair Housing – Promoting Discrimination-Free Neighborhoods
- Missouri Consolidated Plan
(See page 161 for 2008-2012 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice)
- Guide to Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing
- Fighting Discrimination
- Know Your Rights – Discrimination Training & Education